Sushi Tomodachi

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What does Sushi Tomodachi mean?

Sushi is a Japanese dish of prepared vinegared rice (鮨飯, sushi-meshi), usually with some sugar and salt, accompanying a variety of ingredients.

Tomodachi (友達; ともだち; or トモダチ) is a Japanese word meaning “friend(s)”.

So what is Sushi Tomodachi then?

Sushi Tomodachi is an art collection I have been dreaming to expand upon for a few years now, and the fact that you’re here reading this campaign means I am so close to realizing this dream. 

Sushi Tomodachi is a project I’ve been working on to celebrate friendship. I’m taking bonding over a meal to a whole new level. Each Sushi Tomodachi is an individual character with it’s own recipe and unique flavors.

A well curated collection of flavors can provide us the most delicious and filling meals for our bellies, which helps us to grow and be nourished. Sushi Tomodachi do not fill your stomach, but your soul. The individual ingredients that make our friends and those around us are important to create the experience that is our lives, and each element plays a different part in helping us to grow, or for us to curate our own flavor of life.

Deeper meaning? These are food animals…

My aim with these characters is to celebrate the crossroad of two important nutrients necessary for a good life – friends and food. Each Tomodachi has their own, unique ingredients that make them. I believe food is a great analogy to represent how people are like that as well. The collection of ingredients in each Tomodachi are meant to symbolize a recognition that various thoughts, ideas, experiences and other ingredients that make humans the individuals that they are, and the ‘flavors’ they add to our lives.

Take, for example, the Dragon Roll.

Sure, he’s cute and crunchy.

He is also curious. He is also ready for any adventure. He is there to help you embrace new things.

These are the ingredients that make him.

To give a Dragon Roll to a friend would be a symbol to you and your friend: The Dragon Roll will tell your friend your encouragements from anywhere, whenever they need them. A helper to assist them to learn the things they need to learn or have the courage to try their next adventure.

To have your own Dragon Roll should be a reminder to yourself: He is encouraging you, reminding you that there could be good things on the other side if you have the courage to go outside your comfort zone.

Anywhere the Dragon Roll is, he is speaking to you. Encouraging you whenever you need that extra bit of help.

That is how a Dragon Roll tastes.

Each Sushi Tomodachi is a character who is meant to encourage, in the various different ways that people need to be.

The Tiger Roll may seem grumpy or strict, but he really just wants to remind you that he cares, so please be careful in what you do.

The Rainbow Roll is positive, and stubbornly so, which makes them the perfect ally to help you push through any hard time. They like to point out the silver lining, and help find solutions to problems.

Wasabi and Gari seem like polar opposites, but they both are good friends. They have a strong focus on accepting each other and recognizing that though they are different, they can both appreciate that the other has strengths that are helpful.

Kitsune Roll loves to play and pretend, and is here to remind you to take time to play. They wear that Kabuki mask for a reason – They love to act out plays to entertain you!

The Monster Roll seems scary, but he is there to remind you that someone is looking out for you, and will protect you.

These are the meanings behind each roll.

They’re also just fun to draw and really cute, and I hope you think so too!

The future is coming and I’d like these guys to make a positive impact on the world. My long term plan is to create a variety of items, which will each act as the reminders to people when they need them.

I’m planning to the collection with Enamel Pins, Pinback Buttons and Stickers! I’m going to start small, but stretch goals will unlock more items so stay tuned to find out more about those!

I’ll be launching the Sushi Tomodachi Kickstarter September 1st so sign up for updates and notification for when it goes live!

I am continually posting updates of new artwork for this project on Instagram and Twitter, with special VIP updates on Patreon!

PS Script for Artists: Automatic WIP Maker

Script #1: Automatic WIP Maker

Here is how to create a one-click action that marks and sequentially saves every stage of your project without missing a beat!

The really nice thing about Photoshop is that you can program automatic processes to make your life easier.

Here is a short tutorial on how I make my life a little easier with Actions and Scripts!

These instructions are for Adobe Photoshop CC. If you don’t have it… well, I can’t force you to get it, but scripts like these make me urge you to try it out. You can subscribe to Adobe Creative Cloud for as little as $9.99/mo and that’s a pretty cheap price to pay for the ability to automate things like this. There’s a 30 day free trial as well. I will not be making instructions on how to do this in any other programs because I don’t know how to use them!



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For those of you who opted to go the analog route and DIY this sucker, onto the tutorial!



Since this is an automated process, you’ll need to set aside a directory where you will NEVER move these files.

I created a directory in my artwork drive that is dedicated to files that are made specifically for automation. That way they don’t get caught in the fray of any other files. Tucked away in a dark corner where they only speak when spoken to is exactly where you want them. Like enslaved podlings except digital files so there’s no ethical questions.

Automation Directory
Automation Directory


Create a WIP Stamp you’d like to put on your artwork. It will need to be visible on both dark and light backgrounds. I made a black splash and added white text over it with my information. I’ve made this mark nice and big so that it can be used on any size image without a loss in quality. Really big. Like this sucker is 2283×1190 at 150 dpi big. I ain’t kiddin’ around.



Before you create your action, you’ll need your script ready to include in the action.

This script will make a JPG image of your file in the same directory as your working PSD file.

STEP ONE: Open up Notepad/Notepad II and paste the following code into a new document:

#target photoshop


function main(){

if(!documents.length) return;

var Name =[^.]+$/, '');

Name = Name.replace(/d+$/,'');


var savePath = activeDocument.path;


alert("You must save this document first!");


var fileList= savePath.getFiles(Name +"*.jpg").sort().reverse();

var Suffix = 0;


Suffix = Number(fileList[0].name.replace(/.[^.]+$/, '').match(/d+$/));


Suffix= zeroPad(Suffix + 1, 4);

var saveFile = (savePath + "/" + Name + "_" + Suffix + ".jpg").replace("__","_");

SaveJPEG(File(saveFile), 8);


function SaveJPEG(saveFile, jpegQuality){

var doc = activeDocument;

if (doc.bitsPerChannel != BitsPerChannelType.EIGHT) doc.bitsPerChannel = BitsPerChannelType.EIGHT;

jpgSaveOptions = new JPEGSaveOptions();

jpgSaveOptions.embedColorProfile = true;

jpgSaveOptions.formatOptions = FormatOptions.STANDARDBASELINE;

jpgSaveOptions.matte = MatteType.NONE;

jpgSaveOptions.quality = jpegQuality;

activeDocument.saveAs(saveFile, jpgSaveOptions, true,Extension.LOWERCASE);


function zeroPad(n, s) {

n = n.toString();

while (n.length < s) n = '0' + n;

return n;


STEP TWO: Save it to your Scripts folder and call it something you’ll remember. Set the filetype to ‘All Files’ and give it a .jsx extention


Name your Script file and give it the correct extension

If you go into the folder later and realize that your file ends in .jsx.txt – It’s okay. Just edit it and take the .txt off. It won’t work if .txt is on there so just be sure to remove it.

You’re ready to record!


Open up your Actions Panel. You can find it under Window > Actions or press Alt+F9

Actions Panel

Press record and here we go!

Step 1: Save

This is important because we will be using the revert command to undo everything at the end and we don’t want to accidentally revert to a phase where we lose work.

Flatten Image
Flatten Image

Step 2: Flatten Image

This makes the image easier for the computer to process during the action because the file size is smaller.

This is located in the Layer dropdown at the bottom.

Place Embedded

Step 3: Place Image, Press Enter to place.

This adds your watermark. I use ‘Place Embeded’ because it doesn’t matter and we’ll revert all our changes anyway.

Navigate to your watermark file. If you made it nice and big, it should appear as large as it can fit on the canvas in the current orientation, right in the center.


Press enter to accept the mark’s position. Do not move it or resize it yet.


Step 4: Rasterize Layer

Pretty self explanatory. Right click the watermark layer to open the menu and select Rasterize Layer.

Now the mark has a new 100% size and we can resize it in proportion to the piece.


Step 5: Transform Layer

From the top menu, go to Edit > Free Transform or press Ctrl+T.

DO NOT resize using the corners of the selection box. You’ll want to use the percentages box up here so that the action can record it properly.

I set mine to 70%. I want my mark to be big in order to compensate for my shortcomings, like my height.

Step 6: Select All

Get the dancing ants! You should still be on the watermarks layer. From the top menu, click Select > Select All or press Ctrl+A to select the entire canvas.

Step 7: Align the Layer

Layer > Align Layers to Selection > Your Choice – I want it on the bottom.


Lather, rinse, repeat to move it to on side. My marks usually go on the right.

Step 8: Layer > Align Layers to Selection > Your Choice



Step 9: Nudge it

Using the arrow keys, put it in the exact spot you want it in. DO NOT CLICK AND DRAG. This will not record correctly. This command won’t appear in the list until you move to the next step so don’t worry when it doesn’t show up immediately.




If you like your mark as it is, then skip this part. I like to add an effect because I’m a tryhard.

OPTIONAL STEP: STOP RECORDING FIRST. Play with the layer effects to find one you like. When you make your choice, set the layer back to Normal before you click record again. I like Difference in this case because it applies my Black splash only when the background is light.


Step 10: Revert

This resets the canvas back to whence you came.


That’s it! You now have an action that instantly saved a marked WIP for you!

If you’re having trouble, go through these instructions again with a fine toothed comb. Actions can be VERY picky and one wrong click can botch the whole thing so I’ve tried my best to make this as simple as possible.

Hope you were able to get it working! Now all of your WIP’s can be safely marked before you share them! Enjoy!

~Your friendly neighborhood cat-bird, Z


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Five years of Free Reference Sheets

I have been offering these free ref sheets for a long time and now I’ve got them all in one place for your viewing, downloading and coloring pleasure. Newest Files are at the top – older ones are at the bottom. I will be adding a FAQ at the bottom.

Last Update 11/7/19


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Do you use Telegram? You can obtain a free lineart when you hit up @CatBirdBot


  • Do not remove the credit at the bottom or claim this as your art.
  • You may use this reference sheet in full or use parts of it with proper credit.
  • You may not resell this lineart in anyway. Personal use and gifts are ok.
  • You may trace the lineart if you want but you must credit and link back.
  • You may use these for adoptables for personal use and gifts only.


These reference sheets have been created and are best used using one of the versions of Adobe Photoshop. You can subscribe to Adobe Creative Cloud for as little as $9.99/mo after you give their 30-day free trial a shot.


That is the best program you can use because this is the program that was used to make these files.

Here are some other programs that have been reported to work, but I have no experience with them so try them at your own risk!

Reported Compatible Programs:

Known NON-COMPATIBLE Programs:

  • Adobe Illustrator
  • Paint Shop Pro


Tutorials for coloring with Photoshop are located inside each file – I recommend Photoshop. It has a 30 day free trial and you can subscribe to Creative Cloud for as little as $10/mo



2017 UFRS Update
2017 UFRS Update



2015 Ultimate Free Reference Sheet – Small Version



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2017 Version includes a navigational PDF which shows the location of all layers with a brief description.

Version Information

  • 20+ Species with over 30 feral options!
  • Male and Female bodies (Combinable!)
  • Pudgy, Average and Fit body types
  • Plantigrade and Digitigrade Leg Options
  • Hands/Feet Options (Claws, Hooves, Fingers…)
  • Customizable Faces!
  • Multiple Hair Styles!
  • Body Modifications!
  • Preset Markings!
  • Jewelry/Accessories!
  • Shading!

Species Information

This free ref sheet comes with the following species included: Badgers, Bears, Birds, Bovines, Canines, Caribou, Critters, Deer, Dragons, Felines (Big and Small inc. Lion), Gryphons, Horses, Hyenas, Otters, Rabbits, Raccoons, Red Pandas, Rodents, Sergals, Sharks, Skunks, Squirrels

Here are some additional species you can build using the parts in this reference sheet.


Species: Hyena AND Red Panda. Delete the Hyena feral art. Delete the Red Panda Heads, erase the eye markings on the ferals. Ears: Otter/Critter Tail: Long Full

Fennec Fox

Species: Canine AND Critter. Delete the canine’s head art, delete the critter’s feral art. Ears: Sergal/Wide Long Tail: Rounded

Kangaroo (No feral art version)

Species: Hyena. Delete the clearly defined nose and draw in roo-like nostrils. Ears: Equine/Cervidae/Bovine Tail: Dragon Solid Furred or Otter


Species: Hyena AND Red Panda. Delete the Hyena feral art, erase the nose and add a more lemur-like nose. Delete the Red Panda Heads. Ears: Otter/Critter Tail: Long Full


Will add this version soon



Free Reference Sheet - Canine, Male
Free Reference Sheet – Canine, Male


Free Reference Sheet - Canine, Female
Free Reference Sheet – Canine, Female













Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use this? Yes.

Can I give away designs I make with this? Yes.

Can I modify this? Yes.

Can I use the lineart for other projects? Yes, with proper credit.

Can I trace it? Yes, with proper credit.

Can I sell adoptables that I make with this? No.

Can I sell reference sheets I made with this? No.

Can I sell characters that I made with this? No, you must create/get other artwork of the character and sell it based on that.

Can I use this line-art for profit? No.

Can you color it for me? Nah.

What kind of software do I need? See the information in the Compatible Software section.

Can you make an MS Paint version? No xc

How do I make a __________? Due to the swappable nature of the reference sheet, there are no rules saying you have to choose the “right” species for everything. Tinker around with the combinations and see what you can get the reference to look like! You can check out the full species list including recipes for how to frankenstein together even more species here.

Can you add *species specific detail here*? Suggestions may be considered on a case by case basis. Common/recurring suggestions are more likely to be added than highly specific things.

How do I do _______ in Photoshop/SAI/etc? I am sorry but I cannot provide individual support. Please consult one of the many available learning resources for your chosen software.

OMG THIS FILE IS HUGE!!! The file is made at a high enough resolution that you can print your reference if needed. Download a smaller or flat version file if your computer or device has trouble using the file.